Form 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) February 7, 2019 (February 7, 2019)




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-36146   27-4332098

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

1100 CommScope Place, SE, Hickory, North Carolina   28602
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (828) 324-2200

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Item 7.01

Regulation FD Disclosure.

On February 7, 2019, CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that its indirect subsidiary, CommScope Finance LLC (the “Escrow Issuer”), priced its previously announced offering of $1,000 million in aggregate principal amount of 8.25% senior unsecured notes due 2027, $1,250 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.50% senior secured notes due 2024 and $1,500 million in aggregate principal amount of 6.00% senior secured notes due 2026 (collectively, the “Notes) in a private placement exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). This represents a $750 million increase in the size of the offering from the previously announced offering amount. In addition, the Company announced the pricing of its new senior secured first-lien term loan facility in an aggregate principal amount equal to $3,200 million (the “New Term Loan Facility”). This represents a $669 million decrease in the size of the New Term Loan Facility from the previously announced amount. The New Term Loan Facility will mature in 2026. The borrowings under the New Term Loan Facility will be made at 99.00% of par and will initially bear interest at a rate equal to LIBOR plus 3.25%.

The offering of the Notes is expected to close on February 19, 2019, subject to customary closing conditions. The proceeds from the issuance and sale of the Notes will be held in escrow until the completion of the previously announced acquisition (the “Acquisition”) of ARRIS International plc (“ARRIS”). The Company expects to use the net proceeds from the offering of the Notes, together with cash on hand, borrowings under the New Term Loan Facility and proceeds from the previously announced issuance and sale of the Company’s Series A Preferred Stock, to finance the Acquisition, to repay the Company’s and ARRIS’ existing term loan facilities and to pay related fees and expenses.

This Current Report on Form 8-K does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes or any other securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any security in any jurisdiction in which such offering, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The Notes and the guarantees thereof have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction, and may not be offered or sold absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction.

The information contained in this Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section, nor shall such information be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Forward-Looking Statements

This Current Report on Form 8-K includes forward-looking statements that reflect our and ARRIS’ current views with respect to future events and financial performance, including the Acquisition. These statements may discuss goals, intentions or expectations as to future plans, trends, events, results of operations or financial condition or otherwise, in each case, based on current beliefs of management, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, such management. These forward-looking statements are generally identified by their use of such terms and phrases as “intend,” “goal,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “projections,” “plans,” “potential,” “anticipate,” “should,” “could,” “designed to,” “foreseeable future,” “believe,” “think,” “scheduled,” “outlook,” “target,” “guidance” and similar expressions, although not all forward-looking statements contain such language. This list of indicative terms and phrases is not intended to be all-inclusive.

These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, including, without limitation, risks related to the Notes and the New Term Loan Facility, including that such transactions may not occur; our dependence on customers’ capital spending on data and communication systems; concentration of sales among a limited number of customers and channel partners; changes in technology; industry competition and the ability to retain customers through product innovation, introduction and marketing; risks associated with our sales through channel partners; changes to the regulatory environment in which our customers operate; product quality or performance issues and associated warranty claims; our ability to maintain effective management information technology systems and to implement major systems initiatives successfully; cyber-security incidents, including data security breaches, ransomware or computer viruses; the risk our global manufacturing operations suffer production or shipping delays, causing difficulty in meeting customer demands; the risk that internal production capacity or that of contract manufacturers may be insufficient to meet customer demand

or quality standards; changes in cost and availability of key raw materials, components and commodities and the potential effect on customer pricing; risks associated with our dependence on a limited number of key suppliers for certain raw materials and components; the risk that contract manufacturers we rely on encounter production, quality, financial or other difficulties; our ability to integrate and fully realize anticipated benefits from prior or future divestitures, acquisitions or equity investments; potential difficulties in realigning global manufacturing capacity and capabilities among our global manufacturing facilities or those of our contract manufacturers that may affect our ability to meet customer demands for products; possible future restructuring actions; substantial indebtedness and maintaining compliance with debt covenants; our ability to incur additional indebtedness; our ability to generate cash to service our indebtedness; possible future impairment charges for fixed or intangible assets, including goodwill; income tax rate variability and ability to recover amounts recorded as deferred tax assets; our ability to attract and retain qualified key employees; labor unrest; obligations under our defined benefit employee benefit plans requiring plan contributions in excess of current estimates; significant international operations exposing us to economic, political and other risks, including the impact of variability in foreign exchange rates; our ability to comply with governmental anti-corruption laws and regulations and export and import controls worldwide; our ability to compete in international markets due to export and import controls to which we may be subject; the impact of Brexit; changes in the laws and policies in the United States affecting trade, including recently enacted tariffs on imports from China, as well as the risk and uncertainty related to other potential tariffs or a potential global trade war that may impact our products; costs of protecting or defending intellectual property; costs and challenges of compliance with domestic and foreign environmental laws; the impact of litigation and similar regulatory proceedings that we are involved in or may become involved in, including the costs of such litigation; risks associated with stockholder activism, which could cause us to incur significant expense, hinder execution of our business strategy and impact the trading value of our securities; and other factors beyond our control. These and other factors are discussed in greater detail in our 2017 Annual Report and in Part II, Item 1A, Risk Factors, of our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. These risks and uncertainties may be magnified by our acquisition of ARRIS.

Such forward-looking statements are also subject to additional risks and uncertainties related to ARRIS’ business and the proposed Acquisition, many of which are outside of our and/or ARRIS’ control, including, without limitation: failure to obtain applicable regulatory approvals in a timely manner, on acceptable terms or at all, or to satisfy the other closing conditions to the Acquisition; the risk that we will be required to pay a reverse break fee under the related acquisition agreement; the risk that we will not successfully integrate ARRIS or that we will not realize estimated cost savings, synergies, growth or other anticipated benefits, or that such benefits may take longer to realize than expected; risks relating to unanticipated costs of integration; the potential impact of announcement or consummation of the Acquisition on relationships with third parties, including customers, employees and competitors; failure to manage potential conflicts of interest between or among customers; integration of information technology systems; conditions in the credit markets that could impact the costs associated with financing the Acquisition; the possibility that competing offers will be made; and other factors beyond our and/or ARRIS’ control.

Although the information contained in this Current Report represents our best judgment as of the date hereof based on information currently available and reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that the expectations will be attained or that any deviation will not be material. Given these uncertainties, we caution you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. We are not undertaking any duty or obligation to update this information to reflect developments or information obtained after the date of this Current Report, except as otherwise may be required by law.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


    CommScope Holding Company, Inc.
Date: February 7, 2019      

/s/ Alexander W. Pease

    Name:   Alexander W. Pease
    Title:   Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer